As I release the beta tonight my mind is switching to the grudge match functionality. I am going to be modeling it off the OpenSprints setup with possibly a few twists of my own to the process. I personally run a 2 bike setup at Capital City Sprints. I am thinking of developing the grudge system to support two bikes right out the gate. But that leaves out the 3 and 4 bike groups. I am not sure if that many people run a 3 or 4 bike system. So to help me decide what path to go down I have a new poll for everyone.
I have updated the Goldsprints FX download page. It now has links to the necessary plugins and applications to run GFX. But GFX is not net available for download.
You can get a jump on the beta by installing Flash, AIR and Serproxy now. This will also give you some time to get Serproxy running and edit the necessary CFG file that Serproxy needs to communicate with Flash. Visit the downloads page for more details.
Also, don’t forget to answer my bike color poll if you have not done so already.
Update: Okay it looks like you guys can’t add your own entries to the poll so I am removing it for now. Just comment on your bike and size if you want.
So it is time for a non application post. In addition to writing Goldsprints FX I am trying to get everything I need to run my own events. The whips are the last thing on my list other than finishing Goldsprints FX. Since I am doing this pretty much self funded without any partners at this point I am strapped for cash. But I need some bikes!
I have been looking around and I think I have settled on the Mercier Kilo TT. The price is right at only $350 for a complete build. The Kilo TT frame gets pretty good reviews as a budget frame. A lot of riders buy the Kilo TT frame and build it up to their own specs. The frame is steel so that is good. They come with a 38/16 gear ratio. I would only have to update the 16 to an 18 and have what I want to run my gear ratio at. The crank is the same one that came on my Swobo Sanchez and I have had no problems with it. Bottom line, the Kilo gets me in business right away at a minimal price. I can upgrade parts as needed. I just don’t think I need to drop $500-700 for a fixie that is just going to sit on the rollers. I thought about the EighthInch rides for $599 but component wise I just don’t see it being that much better if at all. If I was riding these around town, dropping off what-not and skidding all over the place I would look for something better.
So tell me if I am crazy or not for looking at the Mercier Kilo TT. For size I think I will go with 50cm. It has a stand over of 30.5. Their 47cm is a 39” stand over height.
This leads us to the question for today.
You can enter your own responses so please take a minute to tell me what bikes and sizes you are running at your goldsprint events. Enter the bike/frame followed by the frame size. If someone has entered your make and size already no need to add it again. Just select their same one by click on radio button and submitting the poll.
Just make a comment with your bike/frame and size since other can’t add to the poll options.
As of today six people have taken to the poll asking what race display they like the best in a goldsprint event. I was surprised that all six said the clock style face was their number one choice. Since this is not in the current version of the OpenSprint software, people must be using an old version. OpenSprints dropped the clock-style display a while ago. Maybe it will make a return in a future version.
Since the clock-style display seems to be the display of choice I am going to work on adding it this week. I will try to get it added as soon as possible and get a video up. In order to add the clock-style display I need to also add a new setting to allow users to select what display they way. That is actually the easy part. Another feature I will add is the ability to import a clock face so you can customize it to your liking. Getting the hands moving shouldn’t be that hard but keep your eye on the blog for more details.
Today on Twitter Mike from Spoke Apparel asked, “Can you customize the interface?”. This is a great question and one I took into account when I started this project. I wanted to give everyone the ability to make Goldsprints FX their own. You do not need to be a programmer to make customizations. I have done all the hard work for you. As I get ready to release the beta it is a good time to talk a little about what you can customize right now. So here we go.
Goldsprints FX is currently made up for three screens. They are the opening splash screen, the race screen, and the settings screen. Each of these screens have their own background image that is loaded when you launch Goldsprints FX. The background images are external to the application. You can customize the background screens by simply replace the default images that resides in the directory structure. Just remember to keep the image names the same. The are PNG images and sized to 800×600. Here are screen shots of the images as of today. Currently the race background and the setting background are the same image. Only the opening background image is different in this example but you can have three different images.
Below are the background images and how they look when they are loaded into Goldsprints FX. Now you can see the toolbar this time and a few other things showing up on each screen. A few things to note. The backgrounds on bar race visual and the speed line visual are transparent. So no matter what background image you use it will show through just a little for effect. On the settings screen the border on the panels is all slightly transparent.
Take a close look at the settings screen above and all the options that Goldsprints FX currently supports. They include the following.
- Racer box colors – This is main box color for each racer. The time area is set to a darker shade of this color setting.
- Racer box text colors – the text color of all the details that is shown inside the racer boxes.
- Roller Diameter – The size of your rollers.
- Roller circumference – Not editable but calculated from the roller diameter.
- Speed Chart Limit – This is the upper limit of how high the speed chart will show. You can adjust this based on how fast your riders are. It can also be adjusted between races if you like.
- Speed Display – Km or Miles and it updates the racer boxes with the correct labels.
- Reflection On/Off – This will display or hide the racer box reflections.
- Race Distance – This is how far race will be in kilometers.
Finally, everything that you see on the right side of the Settings screen will most likely not be visible for the beta version. It is just a way for me to see the data that is captured so I can make sure all is working as expected.
So there you have it. That is currently what can be customized in Goldsprints FX. Did anything come to mind that I need to add? Post a comment and let me know.
What Does the Future Hold?
Here are just a few things that I would like to make customizable in the future.
- Ability to select different Fonts
- Color and placement (top or bottom) of the toolbar
- Control to show and hide the current visual and new one in the future. Race bars, race speed lines, and hopefully a race clock-style display that has yet to be developed. The clock is my favorite so it is only a matter of time before it is added.
- Different layouts for the Race screen. Maybe the colored race boxes vertical down the left or right sides of the screen. This will be better for a clock style display.
- Adjustable button color
- Ability to load a video as the opening splash screen
- Ability to export the race statistics and view a past race in real time. Kind of like an instant replay.
- Display the top race time for the current event. This is a must. I just need to figure out where to display it.
One feature I am on the fence with is race management. I kind of like using a white board or paper and pencil for races. I might be the minority on this one, but I would be very interested to hear what you think about the race management built into the application. Please take a minute to answer this questions below.
Also, post a comment on what features you would like to see added in the future. I am all ears and the sky is the limit.